Registering ECTs for 2023/24 & Fees

Registration Process

Schools are now required to register their ECT with the following:

  • DfE Online Service - all schools are required to provide information regarding their Induction Tutor(s), Mentor(s) and ECT(s) as well as the chosen ECF-based training programme the school will be using. The DfE Online Service can be accessed via (if you have any problems in accessing the service please email Please note, the DfE Online Service is not currently available for the registration of September 2023 starters. We will update in due course.
  • Appropriate Body - all schools are required to register with an Appropriate Body in order for statutory induction to be recognised with the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA). Information on how to register with Astra Appropriate Body is below
  • ECF Lead Provider - this is only required for schools choosing to use a DfE-funded training programme delivered by a Lead Provider. Schools opting to use DfE-accredited materials to deliver their own ECF-based training programme or designing and delivering their own ECF-based training programme do not need to register with a Lead Provider. Further information on accessing the DfE-funded training programme through Astra Teaching School Hub is here

If you would like to register your ECT with the Astra Appropriate Body, please complete the form below. Once completed, we will be in touch to provide guidance on next steps to ensure that your ECT is fully registered and able to begin their induction.

Click here to complete the form

If you have any questions, please contact Paula Casey ( for more information.

Registration Deadline Dates

In most circumstances Astra Appropriate Body will commence induction for an ECT from the beginning of an academic term, schools are advised to contact Astra for guidance regarding mid-term starters. Schools must register by the following dates to ensure induction can commence promptly:

For September 2023 start: 13th September 2023

For January 2024 start: 11th January 2024

For April 2024 start: 23rd April 2024

The following picture summarises the induction registration process in 3 quick steps:

How to register an ect for induction


Fees 2023/2024

Charges are per ECT. The initial charge is non-refundable and payable in advance of the induction period starting.

Maintained School, Academy or Free Schools:

  • Price: £195 per ECT per year of induction


Independent Schools:

  • Price: £330 per ECT per year of induction 


Additional face-to-face support and guidance:

  • Half Day (up to 3.25 hours) £200 
  • Full Day (up to 6.5 hours) £400

or £65 per hour with minimum charge of £200


ECF Fidelity Checks:

Charges for ECF fidelity checks will be applied to schools not on the DfE-funded training provider programme route (Option 1).

Fidelity check for Option 2 (use DfE-accredited materials to deliver own training) £1200 per school

Fidelity check for Option 3 (design and deliver own ECF-based training programme) £2000 per school

Please note, there will be further fidelity checks and charges after the first two year cycle.